Rugby Championship 2021 LIVE: New Zealand v Argentina, Australia v South Africa

Thoughts? Pumas really lifting in defence

Argentina have made 86 per cent of their tackles (64 of 74).

NZ 7 – 0 ARG (27 minutes)

Sanchez misses a penalty from halfway

New Zealand really getting over the advantage line in Pumas territory and probably should have more points to their name. At the 20-minute mark they’ve spent 71 per cent of the match in Argentina’s half.

Nicholas Sanchez, Argentina’s highest ever points scorer, tries to take an audacious penalty from 50 out. It falls just short.

NZ 7 – 0 ARG (23 minutes)

Bautista Delguy of Argentina looks on.

Bautista Delguy of Argentina looks on.Credit:Getty

All Blacks are held up over the line

Rieko Ioane slices through the middle and goes close to scoring but can’t get the last pass away down the right edge.

Pumas are doing well at the defensive breakdown. A good contest this.

NZ 7 – 0 ARG (18 minutes)


Barrett and Barrett almost produce some magic

New Zealand have had the majority of possession (55 per cent) and territory (58 per cent) so far in this game.

All Blacks get a penalty advantage, Beauden Barrett kicks across field and his brother, Jordie, almost scores one of the great tries but the ball was put down on the dead ball line. Just. So close.

NZ 7 – 0 ARG (15 minutes)

Argentina’s Marcos Kremer tackles New Zealand’s Asafo Aumua.

Argentina’s Marcos Kremer tackles New Zealand’s Asafo Aumua. Credit:AP

All Blacks are in!

Try time. Pumas winger Bautista Delguy knocks the ball down and Rieko Ioane swoops to notch the first points of the afternoon down the left edge.

Beauden Barrett nails the conversion to give New Zealand a well-deserved lead.

NZ 7 – 0 ARG (11 minutes)

A little bit of blood

All Blacks prop Karl Tu’inukuafe comes from the field to go to the blood bin. G

A solid scrum to begin and All Blacks looking to play very direct. Laulala tries to get another big shot on but is penalised. Nicolas Sanchez loves knocking penalties over but from 52 metres out, he kicks for the line instead.

NZ 0 – 0 ARG (7 minutes)


Some serious intensity early on

Nepo Laulala absolutely crunches Pumas back-rower Pablo Matera in the first tackle of the match. That is a bone-cruncher if I’ve ever seen one. Pumas looking to flick the ball around.

NZ 0 – 0 ARG (3 minutes)

Anthems and haka out of the way

Argentina’s anthem is always a beauty. New Zealand’s is usually brilliant but that one … perhaps a little under par.

All Blacks make up for it with the haka. Lots of energy.

“It gets me every time,” says Stan Sport commentator Drew Mitchell.

Aussie Nic Berry has the whistle in his hand. We’re underway on the Gold Coast.

All Blacks coach Ian Foster

All Blacks coach Ian Foster Credit:AP

A flashback to an amazing match 10 months ago

By Tom Decent

I was lucky enough to be at Bankwest Stadium when the Pumas beat the All Blacks 25-15 last year.

After 402 days without any international rugby, Argentina coach Mario Ledesma senses someone might write a book one day about his side’s 25-15 maiden victory over the All Blacks and how the side went “through hell” in the lead-up to its greatest ever Test win.

The stunning boilover will live long in the memory of those at Bankwest Stadium and Argentinians everywhere as Ian Foster’s All Blacks were humiliated in a manner rarely seen, orchestrated by old buddies Ledesma and Michael Cheika, who also worked alongside each other at the Wallabies.

With 28 minutes remaining, the world’s 10th-ranked side led the All Blacks and refused to let their foot off the pedal in a result that almost defied belief given what the team has been through in recent months.

A crowd of 9063 was treated to a masterclass from the tenacious Pumas, whose 25 points all came from No.10 Nicolas Sanchez.


Argentina’s Santiago Carreras and head coach Mario Ledesma after the Pumas’ 25-15 win over New Zealand.

Argentina’s Santiago Carreras and head coach Mario Ledesma after the Pumas’ 25-15 win over New Zealand.Credit:Stu Walmsley/Rugby Australia


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